Girls Swimming Shines at Champs
Penn Charter's girls swimming team traveled to Episcopal Academy Tuesday for the Inter-Ac League championships and the 100 butterfly event provided goose bumps the size of golf balls.
Ninth graders – repeat, ninth graders – Gabby Lopez-Ona and Sabrina Shaffer finished first and second, clocking respective times of 59.78 and 1:00.83. Gabby entered the event as the second seed.
In other individual events, Marissa Lopez-Ona, likewise a freshman, claimed third in the 100 breaststroke at 1:10.22 and junior Madison Freeland placed fifth in the 100 freestyle at 56.55.
The 200 freestyle relay took fourth (1:47.40) thanks to Gabby, Marissa, junior Greer Guyer and Sabrina. The 400 freestyle relay also took fourth (3:46.28) thanks to Gabby, Madison, soph Annika Murray and Sabrina.
The other relay placed fifth: 200 medley, 1:57.33, Annika, Marissa, soph Ayana Opong, Madison.
There was no team scoring for the Inter-Ac champs event.
In basketball, the girls topped Agnes Irwin, 45-36, and the boys lost to Haverford School, 70-50.
Senior Lexi Hnatkowsky (15 points) topped the girls and Mary Jane McGlinchey, a popular deep sub, caused excitement by scoring four points. Only junior Mason Williams (11, three treys in second quarter) reached double digits for the guys.
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